German manufacturer receives the first-ever certificates for drain water heat recovery (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 21 May 2015) “Darmstadt, Germany. For millions of people, a hot shower in the morning is an essential part of modern life – but it also consumes a lot of energy. In order to contribute to increased efficiency in [read more »]

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  The New York Passive House Conference & Expo set for June 11th, 2015 New York City, NY (PRESS RELEASE) May 06, 2015   The annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo is set to take place June 11, 2015 in Manhattan at 125 West 18th Street and promises to make the case that [read more »]

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The 19th Annual International Passive House conference (#iPHC19) was held in Leipzig, Germany on April 17th and 18th.  With large contingents attending from North America and China, as well as an emerging group of practitioners stretching across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Portugal, the global effort of Passive House was palpable. The project types continue [read more »]

At NYPH we like this new Video from 475 High Performance building Supply: They featured this project in a previous video – 475 On-Site: Historic Brownstone Passive House Retrofit in Brooklyn, NY. It is in process to receive EnerPHit certification with architect, Jane Sanders, and builder, Build With Prospect.


The NY Times has just made its latest installment on the progress of Passive House in New York.  And unlike so much other news these days today – with Passive House the news is good!   The article, “The Passive Principle” in print, appears above the fold on the cover of the Sunday Times Real Estate Section, and [read more »]


Article from Lindsay Abrams from the Sierra Magazine.   Published in the March/April 2015 issue of Sierra Magazine     One New York City Rowhouse takes on a changing climate “It was only supposed to be a refurbishment. Then the city informed architect Thomas Paino and his partner, Peter Johnson, that their 1903 row house in [read more »]

Evaluation of efficiency takes place according to renewable primary energy system (Press Release, Passive House Institute, 19 March 2015) [Note: See GreenBuildingAdvisor report on the new certification standards here.] “Darmstadt, Germany. Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the [read more »]

The recent proposal by PHIUS and BSC to create what is being described as ‘a passive building standard adaptation for the U.S.’ is being widely promoted and distributed to various journals, publications and cities for adoption. Here is a critique – one of a growing number of articles expressing concern over this proposal. But first let’s clarify some important distinctions between [read more »]

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  Built to Last: Passive House. June 11, New York City This one day event will demonstrate how Passive House can help you make a New York that is built to last. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy to reduce city-wide carbon emissions 80% by 2050 in his plan One City: Built to Last, has set the [read more »]

Below are comments made to the PHIUS review committee by Barry Stephens of Zehnder America.  Reprinted here with permission. ——————————————————————————————————————————— In reviewing the Climate Specific Passive Building Standards, I encounter some glaring deficiencies. Although there is a lack of detail in the draft with regards to H/ERVs and ventilation, it can be determined that there [read more »]